The Ministry of Defense is going to renew the Army of Montenegro's (VCG) stock of motor vehicles, as concluded from the Public Procurement Plan worth slightly over EUR 14 million. For the purchase of goods, it is planned to allocate 9.4 million euros, while works on military facilities in Bar, Niksic, Danilovgrad, Pljevlja, Lepetani and Brezovik will cost 1.74 million, while for payment of various services about three million euros will be spent.
The plan does not foresee the purchase of any significant new weapon or combat system for VCG units but is the money to start the long-announced gradual restoration of obsolete fleet of non-war military vehicles, most of which date back from SFR Yugoslavia.
Thus, for the purchase of new military field trucks of up to five tons, the planned amount of one million euros and another 1.23 million for new lightweight terrain vehicles for the transport of personnel and equipment, sanitary vehicles and water and fuel tanks.
Predrag Bošković's department earlier announced that the key project which they are planning to realize this year, is the purchase of a total of 67 light armored vehicles for the purposes of the Land Forces, for which they intend to take a credit arrangement directly from the manufacturer who will give them the most favorable offer in the total amount of up to 30 million euros.
These items are not included in the public procurement plan of MO for 2019, as it was not the case last year with the purchase of three new multi-purpose helicopters, which were also bought for a 30m-euro loan and repaid by the Ministry of Finance directly.
However, in the area of public procurement, the item for the "purchase of armored vehicles" is stated, but the amount of 600,000 euros that is envisaged for it is sufficient only for the possible purchase of a new "Otocar Cobra" type vehicle that was already bought two years ago with the exclusive purpose of radiological-chemical-biological scanning.
For the purchase of ammunition of various calibers for exercise and maneuvering, MO will spend 550,000 euros, while for the purchase of new personal optoelectronic equipment for members of the declared forces for inter-operative processing will be allocated 980,000 euros. For special equipment for the VCG mountain units the MO will allocate 400,000, for the campfire equipment 50,000, for underwater gear crew members of the Navy VCG 280,000, while the new ABHO protective gear will cost 100,000 euros.
All military and civilian vehicles in VCG and MO, Helicopters and Navy ships will have a total of 445,000 euros available for the fuel expenses.
Text by Sinisa Lukovic, on February 6th 2019, read more at Vijesti
February 7, 2019 - According to the architect Dr Boris Ilijanic, Arza fortress is a protected cultural monument, and no one is allowed to do any intervention on the object without the consent of the Management Board for the Protection of Cultural Monuments.
February 6, 2019 - NGO Expeditio - Center for Sustainable Spatial Development within the project "Activating the Potential of Open Public Space for Improving the Quality of Life in Kotor" is implementing an informative and educational campaign on social networks aiming to raise the awareness of citizens and institutions about the values and potentials of public spaces in Kotor.
February 6, 2019 - Maskare costume balls and carnivals have been an integral part of the Mimosa Festival since the first edition of this manifestation held in Herceg Novi fifty years ago. For this segment of the program, NGO Maskare, an organization that Herceg Novi owes to listing this city on the map of European carnival cities, is traditionally in charge of this segment of the program. It is a map to which this city, as well as many other Mediterranean traditions, certainly belongs.
Montenegro will be the first country in the region to adopt a process of smart specialization implemented by the Ministry of Science of Montenegro and the European Commission's Joint Research Center, which will enable an intensive transition to the economic knowledge, attracting EU funds and directing public and private investments.
This was said at the International Workshop dedicated to the process of smart specialization, by Sanja Damjanovic, Minister of Science, stating that the project of smart specialization is part of the Multi-Annual Action Plan for the Western Balkan Countries, which is important for all the economies in the region, as reported by the PR Center.
"By entering this challenging process in early 2017, in cooperation with several ministries, we have continuous support from the European Commission's Joint Research Center," Damjanovic said.
She said that in the past 18 months, the ministry had implemented numerous activities in the process of defining guidelines for the Smart Specialization Strategy 2018-2024, in which, as she stated, 300 representatives of state institutions, economic and scientific communities and civil society participated.
"The result of such a comprehensive approach is identifying priority areas of science-based and innovation-based development, namely, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture and food value chains, new materials and sustainable technologies, sustainable health tourism and information-communication technologies as a horizontal platform," explained Damjanovic.
She said that international and regional cooperation could contribute to better results in implementing the strategy of smart specialization.
"It is a challenging road ahead, but I believe that the Western Balkans can make an efficient transition towards the economic knowledge, given that the region has undergone intensive technological development in the past and made significant scientific achievements," Damjanovic said.
The Deputy Director General of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, Čarlina Vičeva, said that the process of smart specialization is a complicated one implemented in the countries that are members of the European Union.
"Montenegro has recognized the potential of smart specialization, based on knowledge, technologies and innovations, for its future development. By entering this challenging process in early 2017, in cooperation with several ministries, one of the ways to motivate states in which the process of European integration is ongoing, is that this concept that is represented in the EU is also applied in those countries that are preparing for the entry. Smart specialization provides economic transformation and knowledge-based economy," said Vičeva.
She said Europe has a highly profiled social model, which does not provide the EU members with the opportunity to compete in the world market by price or cheap labor.
"This is not a viable way of competing on the world market, and the only way to become competitive on the market is to base our competencies on innovations, new solutions and products, using everything science has done to achieve economic transformation. That’s why we must focus on investment, research and development," said Vičeva.
She said that cooperation of the region is of the utmost importance and that it is essential that all strategic guidelines are based on cooperation.
Head of the European Union Delegation in Montenegro, Aivo Orav, pointed out that the project of smart specialization is an important initiative for Montenegro as well as for the Western Balkans region, as this project will, as he pointed out, improve research innovations and enable new jobs.
Economic governance is one of three critical steps for the expansion of the strategy and it is natural that both the EU and Montenegro consider this to be a priority for the Western Balkans. Structural reforms are needed to attract as many domestic and foreign investments as possible," Orav said. He stressed that the purpose of the smart specialization project is to strengthen the planning of innovative policies so that countries can boost economic growth and create new jobs.
"This is something that all the economies of the Western Balkan countries can benefit from. Thanks to the hard work of all countries in the region, innovation is now at the heart of political agendas in the Western Balkans," stated Orav.
Text by Vijesti online, on February 5th 2019, read more at Vijesti
05 February 2019 - Three parking ticket payment machines in Podgorica will start functioning as of today, writes Pobjeda daily. They are located at the crossroad of Sloboda and Hercegovačka Street, at the corner of Bokeška and Njegoševa Street and the Balšića Square (near the restaurant “Radovče”).
The Parking Service is also expecting the application “Digital Kiosk” to start functioning this week as well. Head of the Parking Service, Nusret Canović, said that the testing period of the parking ticket pay machines has been finished and now everything is ready for their work.
“The new machines receive paper money and coins as well. Machines will have multiple languages which are especially important for foreigners, as this is the easiest way for them to pay the parking tickets in the capital,” said Canović.
He reminded of the fact Podgorica already has three parking ticket payment machines – in Vaka Djurovića Street, near the Clinical Center of Montenegro and "Preko Morače".
“This will be the very first official application for paying to park. It has already been designed for Android, and now we are waiting for it to be designed for iOS software. The application enables the users to pay the zone parking, and it shows them what zone they are in. Also, thanks to the application “digital kiosk”, it will be possible that the citizens pay the parking lot using their payment cards,” said Canović earlier when he announced new parking payment machines.
“We will examine every location individually and make logical prices for every part of the town. Locations that are not located in the center of the town will have lower parking prices. It will be a price list adapted to the real needs and demands of citizens,” concluded Canović.
05 February 2019 - Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović opened the manifestation Creative Montenegro: Days of Montenegro in Zagreb. The programme began with the opening of the exhibition of the Association of Artists of Montenegro "26> 41", the presentation of the products of creative industries of Montenegro and the performance of the Montenegrin violinist Verica Čuljković.
Nataša Owens, President of "European Movement Croatia" and "European House Zagreb", Boro Vučinić, Ambassador of Montenegro to the Republic of Croatia and Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb also spoke at the opening.
"Such a manifestation, which offers an insight into the cultural and economic situation of the state, clearly focused on Euro-Atlantic integrations, is also the place of exchange of experience gained in the process of these integration," Minister Bogdanović noted.
Ambassador Vučinić said that Montenegro is committed to a common Euro-Atlantic perspective and ready to develop good relations with everyone in the region, especially with those sharing the same goals and values.
"Of course, the special place belongs to a friendly Republic of Croatia, which has so far shown the willingness to support Montenegro on its European path. This is an opportunity to wish our neighbours a successful EU presidency next year," Vučinić said.
Mayor of the City of Zagreb Milan Bandić expressed satisfaction with his presence at the event and stressed that this is another proof that works of art find a common language and connect people at a higher level.
The event, organised at the European House in Zagreb, will last until 13 February 2019.
During his stay in Croatia, Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović also met with Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Nina Obuljen Koržinek.
The meeting discussed the cooperation between Montenegro and the Republic of Croatia so far and stressed that the two countries foster friendly relations in all areas.
The two officials expressed satisfaction with the meeting in Zagreb on the occasion of organising the Day of Montenegro in Zagreb - Creative Montenegro and stated that such manifestations additionally strengthen our cultural links and bring people closer.
Minister Bogdanović pointed out that significant progress has been made so far in strengthening cultural ties, both in the field of contemporary creativity and in the field of preservation of cultural heritage, which is particularly evidenced by projects that we are jointly implementing at both bilateral and international level.
The meeting also discussed the further implementation of the previously signed Memorandum between the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia on cooperation in the field of protection and preservation of underwater cultural heritage for the period 2017-2020 and the agreed continuation of cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experience between institutions in this field.
Special emphasis was put on cooperation in the field of creative industries and it was pointed out that Croatian experience will be of great importance for Montenegro, taking into account the full commitment of the Ministry of Culture to their development. In this context, both sides expressed readiness for cooperation in the implementation of IPA projects.
In the hall of King Nikola's Castle on Thursday, the "Trio Flamenko" from Belgrade and with their exceptional music put the full stop on a diverse January program of the Winter Scene of "Barski ljetopis". This virtuoso composition consists of Branko Kljajić (guitar and bouzouki), Željko Stepanović (accordion and vocal) and Uroš Ranković (piano).
Their sixty-minute repertoire led the audience to the warmest parts of Europe, and the ease and the naturalness of their performances left the impression that the Mediterranean is in their blood.
Joint love for that sound and genre united these three musicians, revealed Željko Stepanović.
"All three of us love the same music, and when you love something that you do, you know it yourself, no day is a working day! We love Spain, France, Greece, Italy, and these are all the countries where the compositions from our repertoire originate from without which nothing can pass by" said Stepanović, adding that in the repertoire, however, always remains a part of the music from our region.
For their first performance at "Barski ljetopis" they especially prepared a jazz remake of the Montenegrin composition "Jos ne svice rujna zora", which the audience greeted with a thundering applause and double encore, and as Stepanovic said, this traditional song perfectly fitted into their style.
Montenegro is in the Mediterranean, has fantastic music and a long tradition, and most importantly, we can respect all of that with our soul. When we can, we move it to the audience, and it can be felt immediately, "he added.
For more than half of the concert the audience participated equally as the fourth member of the band, and it seemed, at moments, they even held back, and Stepanovic invited them with a smile to join him in the vocal performance.
"I asked you, a couple of times, to sing with us, and you did, and it was fantastic! It's always nice to have an interaction with the audience, because when you do not have it, then we played in vain," Stepanovic said, and the impressions of the satisfied audience confirmed that this concert had closed the January winter scene spectacularly.
In February, the audience is to expect an equally interesting repertoire. On next Thursday, February 7th, at Dom kulture, the play "Crvena", by the Montenegrin director Danilo Marunović, produced by Budva "Theater City" will be performed, in which the lead roles are Branislav Lečić and Marko Grabež.
Text by CdM, on February 1st 2019, read more at CdM
NGO "Alfa Center" from Niksic has begun with the realization of the project "Safe Step" within which educational workshops for students of third-grade primary schools throughout Montenegro will be held as well as a two-day seminar for teachers.
"Having in mind that changing habits in adult traffic participants is extremely demanding, hard-working and long-lasting, we have planned a series of educational workshops with the students of this age at Alfa Center. This is so that the message will be carried to older participants, and that they are small guardians of the order during the rides in the car and the promoters of the general traffic culture," said Marina Došen, project coordinator.
The seminar aims to point out the educators and principals of elementary schools to the obligation and the possibility of studying the topic of traffic through the multisectoral approach in the curriculum for elementary schools.
The "Safe Step" project represents a set of interrelated activities aimed at increasing the prevalence of traffic safety in elementary schools and increasing the level of knowledge of elementary school pupils in this area. The first elementary education workshop will be held in Niksic and will be organized with the support of the Ministry of Education and Police Administration.
Text by Svetlana Mandic, on February 4th 2019, read more at Vijesti
February 5, 2019 - Continuing our look at the real estate opportunities in Montenegro through the mouth-watering catalogue of RE/MAX Montenegro, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor.
Where is the most beautiful place in Montenegro?
In a country of outstanding natural beauty, there are so many places to choose from, but few are surely more picturesque that Kotor and its delightful bay, the deepest fjord in southern Europe.
And when it comes to real estate in Montenegro, there are few things more important than the all-important view. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the Bay of Kotor is among one of the most breathtaking natural treasures in all Europe. Now imagine that your bedroom view was something like this every morning.
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Life in the bay continues as it has for thousands of years, with the timeless beauty that makes Montenegro so addictive. The cruise ships are a more modern addition, and they too have their charm and rhythm in bay life. So much simplicity and beauty to be observed from your peaceful terrace.
And while the action in the old town of Kotor is no doubt livelier, observing the bay and way of life from a quieter fishing village such as Muo where the property is located, brings an additional layer of tranquillity to this gorgeous region.
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Kotor Vista Development is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room and kitchen, fully furnished fabulous apartment. Panoramic sea view which looks across to Kotor Old Town. Kotor Vista Development is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, living room and kitchen, fully furnished fabulous apartment. Panoramic sea view which looks across to Kotor Old Town.
The apartment is large and has 80 square meters with a balcony to enjoy a glass of wine and admire cruisers coming into Kotor Bay.
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The prestigious 52nd Herceg Novi Winter Salon, which practically marked the beginning of 50th Mimosa Festival, as always, was held in the Gallery Josip Bepo Benković, and beside a great number of visitors, there was the unusual presence of 18 of 20 artists and exhibitors.
Sculptor Miodrag Šćepanović from Kolasin won the first prize. The second was won by the painter Marija Vemić from Nikšić, and the third an artist from Mostar, Silva Radić. By declaring the jury's decisions, President Radoslav Milosevic Atos has estimated that the entire selection of various works is not a reason but a result, an inspiration to be better as human beings through the art.
The selector, art historian Senka Subotic, under the motto PARALLELS, conceived the exhibition as a synthesis of the various artistic expressions of the author, who in parallel create and operate in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia and beyond, with the intention of presenting the state of contemporary painting in this area. In addition to artists from Montenegro, she selected works by authors from Banja Luka and Mostar Academies, while, as she explained, there were no funds for presenting authors from other countries of the region.
By opening the exhibition, the artist from Mostar, Silva Radic, pointed out that the Salon is a symbol that combines different stories and symbols:
"Twenty authors tonight, with their symbolic sentences, their works have also left a trace in time. It will also leave a trace in each observer that opens himself to the world of symbols," Radić says.
This year, the selected artists were chosen by selector in consultation with colleagues from the Sorbonne and from the Association Salon New Reality in Paris, which quite clearly shows the quality of the 52nd Winter Salon and the responsibility of the selector for the event that lasts more than half a century, says the president of the municipality, Stevan Katic.
"Parallels, the theme of this Winter Salon, point to what is common and different. I believe that is the same in other segments of life - by seeing parallel opinions and attitudes we see differences, it gives us the opportunity to look better and more, focusing on the truth, whatever it is. Only in this way are we improving ourselves. We can envy the artists - they see what is hidden from us, they point it to us and reveal it, and it is up to us, everybody within their capabilities, to draw a lesson or an opinion," Katić pointed out.
First-rate prize-winning Montenegrin sculptor Miodrag Šćepanović for his work "Zatišje" says that he was firstly very surprised by the invitation to take part in the Salon, for which he is grateful to the organizer and then for the award. The 52nd Herceg Novi Winter Salon at the Josip Bepo Benković Gallery can be seen by visitors in the next 50 days during the Mimosa Festival.
Text by Radio Jadran, on February 1st, 2019, read more at CdM